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Mike McCardell's New Book to Help BC Women's Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 12:35pm

Mike McCardell, reporter for “The Last Word” on CTV News, has been a journalist for over four decades. Years of chasing and reporting human-interest stories have honed his ability to see the deeper meaning behind the everyday, and to weave stories that are uplifting, compassionate and full of his signature brand of humour.

McCardell is also a bestselling author with twelve books to his name, and his newest book, Shoelaces Are Hard: And Other Thoughtful Scribbles will be part of a fundraising project to benefit the BC Women's Hospital Foundation’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Hope Starts Here campaign.

Between November 10, 2018 and December 31, 2018, partial proceeds from copies sold of Shoelaces Are Hard will be donated to BC Women’s Newborn ICU to assist those most desperately in need of care—babies that are born too soon, too small or too sick to survive without help.

BC Women's NICU is one of Canada's foremost newborn critical care centres, but with the dramatic advances taking place in neonatal technologies, its aging equipment must be replaced. Hope Starts Here is raising funds to support the NICU’s most urgent needs, which include advanced incubators, cardio-respiratory monitors, specialized transport incubators and emergency transport equipment.

The title for Shoelaces Are Hard was inspired by McCardell’s young granddaughter, Zoe, and the trouble she had tying her shoelaces. “This,” as McCardell points out, “is something we all go through, and most of us survive… usually with some help.” And the help we receive to overcome our troubles and hardships “… make the beautiful poem of being alive.”

In the eighty plus short stories and scribbles that comprise this collection, McCardell examines everything from the music of manual typewriters and the importance of smiles to the hazards of safe playgrounds and the everyday adventure of riding the bus. Although McCardell’s stories tackle hardships and life stories of all kinds, he reminds us that, as with learning to tie your shoelaces, much can be accomplished with a little help and a lot of perseverance.